Sunday, August 03, 2008

Quick Update

Hope to get back to regular posting (how often have I said that?) in coming days, but lots to do this morning so just the usual crap about books:

#33 -- "The Boys on the Bus" by Timothy Crouse

I've wanted to read this for ages -- Crouse worked alongside Hunter S. Thompson covering the 1972 election and I've always sort of viewed this as a companion volume to "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail," which remains my all-time favorite political book. This is more a look at how the media covered the election, and it's really, really, really good. Much of it is extremely relevant today.

#34 -- "Nowhere Man" by Aleksandar Hemon

Bosnian novelist Hemon is getting touted pretty heavily these days with the release of his new book, so I figured it was time to finally read this, which has been sitting on my shelf for a few years. Not at all what I expected -- I thought it would be much darker, but this, while often grim, is also kind of sweet and poignant. We follow Josef Pronek, a Ukrainian living in Bosnia, through his life through the eyes of various narrators. The last bit is supposed to make us question what we've been reading before, but it didn't really work for me -- it just seemed tacked on. I have a feeling, though, that this book would benefit from multiple readings. Beautifully written -- Hemon wrote this in English after speaking the language for less than a decade, if I recall correctly, and he puts most native English writers to shame. I could write a ton more on this, but like I said, no time. I'll be getting his other books at some point.

1 comment:

Nanuk of the North said...

This has nothing to do with the books in this post.

I love the Boo Berry Ghost!